Disgraced MP Fiona Onasanya jailed for lying to police to avoid speeding ticket

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Fiona Onasanya was found guilty of perverting the court of justice in December after lying to police to avoid a speeding ticket.
Disgraced MP Fiona Onasanya has been sentenced to three months in prison for lying to police to avoid a speeding ticket.
The former Labour MP for Peterborough, now sitting as an independent, was found guilty of perverting the court of justice following a retrial in December.
She plotted with her brother Festus, 34, to avoid prosecution for the offence by naming Aleks Antipow as the driver of the Nissan Micra when she was caught doing 41mph in a 30mph zone.
Mr Antipow, the sibling’s former lodger, was at home with his parents in Russia 1,800 miles away.
Mr Justice Stuart-Smith sentenced Festus, who has several previous convictions and served 54 days in jail for robbery in 2011, to 10 months jail.
He told Onasayna that three months was the ‘shortest possible sentence I am able to impose.
The judge said she “will serve half of that sentence before being released”.
Onasanya is the first female MP to ever be sent to jail.
Unless Onasanya resigns there will be a Recall Petition in Peterborough and a by-election will be called if 10 per cent of the electorate sign it.
A Labour source said the recall petition cannot happen until the appeals process is exhausted.

During sentencing, the Mr Justice Stuart-Smith said: “It is a tragedy that you find yourselves and here in this predicament but it is a tragedy that you have bought upon yourselves.”
He also took into account that the disgraced MP’s career is now over and that she suffers from MS.
The Old Bailey heard evidence the MP was texting as well as speeding on the evening of Monday July 24 last year, during the summer recess.Festus Onasanya, the 33-year-old brother of Labour MP Fiona Onasanya, arrives at the Old Bailey 
The 35-year-old solicitor was clocked going 41mph in a 30mph zone in the village of Thorney near Peterborough.
The prosecution alleged she went on to collude with her brother Festus to avoid a speeding ticket.
The court was told she was sent a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) to fill out, but it was sent back naming the driver as Aleks Antipow, an acquaintance of Festus, who was away visiting his parents in Russia.
Festus, 34, from Cambridge, pleaded guilty to three counts of perverting the course of justice over speeding, including for the July 24 incident.
Onasanya, of Peterborough, denied perverting the course of justice but was convicted by the jury.
In the wake of the guilty verdict, Onasanya was expelled from the Labour Party and has launched an appeal against her conviction.
Onasanya, 35, was found guilty of scheming with her brother to claim a Russian man was behind the wheel of her Nissan Micra when it was clocked doing 41mph in a 30mph zone (Image: PA)
Onasanya took the marginal seat from the Tories with a majority of just 607 at the 2017 election just 18 months ago.
Parliamentary rules require the removal of an MP who is jailed for 12 months or more.
But if the sentence is less than that a recall petition can force a by-election if it is signed by more than 10% of the electorate in the Cambridgeshire seat.
A Labour Party spokesperson said: “Fiona Onasanya has let the voters of Peterborough down.
 
“When she was found guilty she should have immediately done the decent thing and resigned.
 
“However today’s sentence gives Fiona one last opportunity to act honourably and resign from parliament. She should do this without delay and not take another penny in salary from the public purse.
 
“If Fiona does not resign, Labour will support local residents in their efforts to trigger a by-election through a recall petition.
 
“Labour will fight any by-election vigorously. The people of Peterborough voted for a Labour MP, and that is what they deserve.
 
“That’s why Labour will now begin the process of selecting a candidate for the inevitable by-election – someone who will serve in the interests of the people of Peterborough.
 
“Peterborough needs a Labour MP to stand up for the people in this great city against the chaotic mismanagement of the Tory Government and Council.”


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